Greg Hawkins — VTSMTS Founder & Race Director
Greg Hawkins is the fearless leader of the Virginia-Maryland Triathlon Series (VTSMTS). Greg began competing in triathlons while attending college at UNCW in the 1990s. He quickly learned to pay for his races by staying after he finished and helping the race crew tear down and pack up. Fortunately, racing and working all through college did not scare him away because after college he and his wife, Ashley, began staffing. Greg would spend his weeks working as a Medicinal Chemist in Research Triangle Park, NC and later in Winston-Salem, NC and his weekends traveling all over NC working at NC triathlons.
Greg decided staffing was not enough for him, and in 2004 he was offered the opportunity to start a franchise in Virginia. Greg decided to go big or go home, and in 2005 he quit his day job and began the Virginia Triathlon Series. The VTS began with 9 events and has grown to 18 events. In 2009-2010, he expanded his business into Maryland with the Maryland Triathlon Series, while simultaneously completing his MBA at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. In 2015 he combined the Virginia and Maryland Triathlon Series to form the Virginia-Maryland Triathlon Series and has not looked back since.
Other than his wide brimmed floppy hat, which makes dermatologists all over proud, athletes all over know Greg for his affable, laid-back, calm in the eye of the storm personality. This, and of course, his mad skills at picking out race sites. And although Greg is an administrator of the VTSMTS Facebook page, no one has ever really known him to post anything. To get a piece of Greg, you’ll have to finish a VTSMTS event and track him down at the awards ceremony.
Don White – V.P. of Operations
When Don started working for the VTSMTS Series at the beginning of the 2011 season he essentially did any and all things needed, ranging from event details, post race surveys, ordering t-shirts, to working races on the weekends. Don still has the bib number from his very first race, the Marine Core Marathon he ran in 1979. Not to mention his garage is full of binders of results, race swag, and shirts from every race he has been in since the 80s. This man totally gets the need for tight results and coordinated race gear.
Janie Langford – Volunteer Coordinator
When people describe Janie as a cute, energetic, tiny blond who raised 5 kids (4 of which were boys and 2 of which were twins) while her husband was deployed navigating jets, and mention she runs a 3:20 marathon your first impulse might be to feel like a lazy 3 toed sloth and want to avoid talking with her, but don’t; Janie is awesome! Be fore- warned though – you are likely to be inspired if you talk with Janie, and find yourself committing to some outlandish thing like running the Goofy Challenge 6 months from now, despite the fact that you can only run 3 miles now. Not that any of us are speaking from first hand knowledge.
In all seriousness, Janie started working for the VTS as the Volunteer Coordinator for a few select VTS races in 2007 and she has done such a stellar job she now coordinates volunteers for 20 races across the VTS & MTS. If you are ever privy to the radio on race morning, you will get a glimpse of how effective Janie is at getting stuff done. Our races wouldn’t run nearly as smoothly as they do if it weren’t for Janie’s recruitment and leadership of all of our volunteers.
Jennifer “JJ” Grimland – Head of Timing
JJ is the total package; brains, beauty, personality and she has the best laugh ever! While JJ started working for the VTS/MTS Staff in April 2013, she was a former part-time staffer for the South Carolina Triathlon Series from 2009-2012 when she was in graduate school getting her PhD in Physical Chemistry. In the spring of 2013, JJ moved to Maryland to work at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River, where she works with F-18 Mission Systems Test and Evaluation. Lucky for us, there was a sequester going on and JJ found herself with many free Fridays, so she reached out to Greg to see if the MTS needed any part-time weekend staff. We coerced her into becoming a timer, where she has beautifully taken on the role of primary timer. While it is true that she and Ashley have been known to laugh at photon jokes at the pre-race staff dinner, I promise you JJ is super cool.
This group of men and women come from all walks of life and truly love the sport of triathlon. They all have regular lives and jobs, whether that be attending college full-time to running aquatics programs at the YMCA, yet they all choose to work weekends in the summer helping us put on races in the Series. Our staff is the best of the best. No one gets sent the staff schedule unless they have done “Option C” and proved they can hang and pull their weight. We think they are awesome and couldn’t do what we do without them. I don’t have pictures of everyone, but here are a few familiar faces you may have seen around.